Ibanez Microbass

Hey there. Total noob here signing up.

To get to the point quickly:

I just started. No prior guitar or bass bass experience. I have a Warwick Corvette.

I am a full time Uber driver. I spend a lot of time in my car waiting at the airport.

I was thinking about getting a microbass and Vox Amplig to keep in the car with me so I can leave the Warwick at home. I could use it to practice fretting hand and strumming drills, learning scales, etc.

This would help me be on my way to learning really fast if I could have a bass with me on the go. Then I can still practice at home with the Wick.

Would this be a bad idea? I don’t want to develop bad habits early on by using a short scale bass.

What do you guys think? There’s a used one for sale locally on the marketplace, and I can’t decide if I should get it or not


I’d say look at something 30” (standard short scale) or so but not smaller as the transition back and forth as a beginner can be pretty tough.

Btw, used to practice trumpet in my car constantly. When I switched to sax - wasn’t as easy :rofl::rofl:


That’s the same reason I got a mandolin when I was travelling :slightly_smiling_face: :slightly_smiling_face: :slightly_smiling_face:


Agree with @John_E you can benefit from going down from 35” to 34 and 34” to 30” but not the other way around.


I like it! Wish i could have one at my job, but it would ruin the carefully constructed myth that im ACTUALLY doing something😜!
Lots of really good short scale options for minimal money out there. My gretsch junior jet is terrific, and i hear really good things about ibanez mikro.

But seriously, anything over 35 mph and you really should put the bass down…


Transitioning back and forth between the two could be frustrating and eventually slow your progress down. Maybe wait until you are farther along in the course? Definitely doable though.

Those are 28” scale, would you be able to play that comfortably in the car?! (Or get a U-Bass :star_struck:)

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Honestly I don’t think the transition would be so bad. Consider that guitars are 3” shorter and it’s really not a problem transitioning between guitar and bass.

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